Americans have the opportunity to remember the fallen who have given all so we may be free. We have this opportunity granted in National Law - the Federal Holiday we know as Memorial Day. Memorial Day must never lose its flavor. It tastes of blood spilt on battlefields across our land and our globe. It tastes of hardship and pain, sacrifices of life, fortune, and property to ensure our freedom from tyranny both overseas and within our borders. The flavor of Memorial Day is bittersweet. It pauses to remember the bitter cost of freedom while doing so as a free nation because that cost has been paid. It tastes of the sweet and sour reality that our freedom may require similar sacrifices in our day because the horrible truth is there are those who would strip us of our freedoms, and they are ready to pay with their lives to do so. The sweet is that they have yet to fully accomplish that, but the sour is that they are trying.
Memorial Day causes us to remember so we might look forward - forward as a nation. A nation that is free because the men and women of that nation are willing to defend that freedom against all its enemies, foreign and domestic. We must stand against ideologies that oppose our freedom with the lure of licentiousness. We must stand against false narratives designed to deceive and disarm our ability to be free. We must stand against moral decay which enslaves people to their desires, rather than freeing them to grow by their disciplines. Looking forward means standing to defend freedom today against ALL enemies.
The principles of our freedom are enumerated in our nation's Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our Constitution recognizes that our freedoms were not granted by government, but by God. Defending our freedom means defending our Constitution; and it means thanking our God for them, and trusting Him enough to be willing to sacrifice all to keep them. We must acknowledge that our God is greater than our government, and His principles for any society are far more honorable than lust, lasciviousness, violence, anger, jealousy, rage, greed, and laziness. These ideals, which are taking over our land today, come from selfishness, not freedom. They rob us of hope, honor, and freedom. It is not our Constitution that has failed us, it is our failure to defend our Constitution and its principles in our daily lives.
We must not let Memorial Day pass by only remembering the lives lost, but remember the principles those lives were given to defend! And we must take up our own mantra, and arms if need be, to become the defenders of freedom that we remember on Memorial Day with broken hearts and great admiration. Lest we forget - and lose our freedoms - let us keep Memorial Day sober, honorable, and sacred as a nation.